About National Hazelnut Cake Day
The hazel was once regarded as a magical tree and a hazel rod was seen as protection against evil spirits. In parts of England nuts were carried as charms. A forked hazel branch is still regarded as the best choice for water divining. In Irish mythology the Salmon of Knowledge received all its understanding from eating nine hazelnuts that had fallen from an overhanging tree. When a young servant boy tasted the salmon while it was cooking he was imbued with wisdom and as a consequence became the legendary warrior and leader Phil McCool.